Patnode, Maher and Hamman in Victory Lane at Monadnock Speedway

Patnode, Maher and Hamman in Victory Lane

Winchester, NH – This past Saturday at Monadnock Speedway practice session started with a slight delay from the first of several passing rain showers. After practice was completed another round of showers and track drying delayed the start of qualifying by an hour. Qualifying for Monadnock’s six regular divisions and the Valenti Modified Racing Series went off without a hitch, the National Anthem was presented and…another round of showers and track drying.

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Mother Nature Wins Out

Mother Nature Wins Out

Winchester, NH –Monadnock Speedway was forced to cancel the ISMA 75 this past Saturday Night (June 30, 2019) due to the weather. The NASCAR weather app predicted rain this past Saturday night and much of Sunday. As a result, on Friday the management team at the Speedway and officials of ISMA agreed to cancel the much anticipated Super Modified event. With teams and fans coming from as far away as Ohio and Ontario, Canada, it seemed the fair thing to do.

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Todd Patnode Repeats in Sportsman Modifieds

Winchester, NH – Thunderstorms and hail teased the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire early in the day Saturday. The residual electricity rippled through the competition that night at Monadnock Speedway.

If the electricity was static, it affected the Sportsman Modified division the most. Their 50-lap feature was slowed by eight cautions. Alyssa Rivera of Claremont, NH, took the field to the green and ran her best start of the year leading the first fourteen laps in spite of having to survive six of the eight restarts. The most serious stoppage of the race came on a lap ten restart. Rivera was slightly loose into turn one and two and made tire contact with JT Cloutier, Fitzwilliam, NH, sending Cloutier into the Armco barrier. The race was red-flagged to check on him and clean up the resulting fluid spill. Two more restart attempts and two more cautions in the next four laps finally got some green flag racing underway. By lap sixteen Swanzey, NH’s,  Todd Patnode had caught Rivera and took the lead. From that point the race ran caution free until laps thirty-nine and forty-one before Patnode reeled in his second win of the season ahead of defending Champion, Keith Carzello of Somers, CT, and Joel Monahan of Whately, MA, third.

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Chase Curtis Wins NHSTRA Street Stock Battle for the Belt Round One

Chase Curtis Wins NHSTRA Street Stock Battle for the Belt Round One

Winchester, NH – Monadnock Speedway fans were treated to 220 laps of feature race competition Saturday night, including the much anticipated “Battle of the Belt” 50-lap challenge for the Street Stock division.

The “Battle of the Belt” drew racers representing all five of the New Hampshire Short Track Racing Association race tracks from the seacoast to the Connecticut River – Lee USA Speedway, Hudson International Speedway, Star Speedway, Claremont Motorsport Park and Monadnock. Twenty-five cars qualified for the first of 6 races to be held across the 5 tracks. The drivers will share in a $3000.00 point fund along with winnings for each race. The prize at the end will be an authentic WWE-style belt.

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Ben Byrne Sportsman Modified Winner

Ben Byrne Sportsman Modified Winner

Winchester, NH  – Time was the prevailing theme for Matco Tools Night at Monadnock Speedway Saturday night. Pick your “time”- first time, multiple or family time. They all were in play.

The Modified Racing Series was the featured division with a 100-lap main event. After a lap two caution, the field settled in for some hotly contested racing. By lap 25, Ben Byrne of Greenfield, MA, making his first start with the VMRS, had moved into first place. On lap 68 he gave way to Troy, NHs TJ Bleau. Six laps later, Ellington, CT, driver, Ronnie Williams moved to the top of the field with Byrne and Swanzey, NHs Kirk Alexander in second and third. The final 21 laps were slowed by 6 cautions, the final one coming on lap 100 with a multiple car wreck entering turn one. On the green-white-checker restart Williams prevailed for his first win at Monadnock. Alexander held on for second with Cameron Sontag of Sterling, MA, collecting the third spot on the podium.

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